The Fabled Post in Which I Vehemently Stick Up For Men: Gawker Writer States That Men Are Far Too Incompetent to Self-Administer a Contraceptive Pill

Ravi Somaiya, writer of a post over at the Gawker enterprise has probably hit a nerve with their few male readers by stating that men are too air-headed to master the art that is taking a daily pill.

The article states that not only would men would use the contraceptive pill as a substitute for condoms (which would obviously result in an influx of sexually-transmitted diseases), but they would probably forget to take it in the first place.  Two fails of epic proportion.  It was also claimed that men would lie about being on the pill to further bed more women — the same type of lie that they use regarding the “pulling out” method.  According to the piece, men would become irreverent cry-babies and by taking the male contraceptive, it would infringe on their so-attractive manliness.

I’m a bit disappointed in this type of reporting.  With all of the medical advancements that have so far made the male contraceptive pill a viable option, there are individuals who will ridicule the notion and perpetuate the idea that it’s merely a woman’s domain to master the art of birth prevention.

To me, it sounds like a desperate act of protecting thyself from the cold hard “truth” that some men might be completely disinterested in shouldering such responsibility.  It comes across as a knee-jerk reaction to the stereotype that men would not be into taking a pill that would prevent pregnancy.  Great job, Gawker.  You’ve probably completely eradicated the possibility of even a few forward-thinking men taking the pill with a simple two-hundred word diatribe, if and when it were to become available.



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21 thoughts on “The Fabled Post in Which I Vehemently Stick Up For Men: Gawker Writer States That Men Are Far Too Incompetent to Self-Administer a Contraceptive Pill

  1. I think they have a point to a certain extent. Women probably have more of an interest in preventing pregnancy since guys can still walk away from a one night stand and ignore the issue if they’re jerks but it’s not an option for the woman. Also there are other benefits for women like regulating periods and so on. I haven’t heard anything about additional benefits for men with a male contraceptive bill. Basically they’d be taking a daily medication almost entirely for the benefit of someone else. I don’t see it catching on any time soon.

    • Even if the male contraceptive pill was available and men were all for the idea, any woman in her right mind is going to use her own method of contraception on top of the male contraception.
      So if anything, the idea that the introduction of the male contraceptive pill will lead to the spread of STDs and increased pregnancies is discounting the intelligence of women- not men.

    • I think you’re discounting a (respectable) man’s sense of responsibility way too much. “Basically they’d be taking a daily medication almost entirely for the benefit of someone else.” That’s an awfully presumptuous statement to make. I have plenty of truly respectable and upstanding males as friends and they would do just that for a crapload of reasons, whether it be FOR the benefit of someone else (men do have feelings too) or even to safeguard themselves. To make a generalization like that, maybe you just haven’t met enough well-intentioned men. Sorry to hear that.

    • Yikes. That’s awfully harsh on the male sex. Most men that I know would, upon learning a past sex partner was pregnant, do everything in their power to support that woman. So, they would see the pill as a benefit for them as well as women. Don’t underestimate the sensitivity and selflessness of the male sex. Most of the time, they’ll surprise you.

  2. I think if I were a man, I would be THRILLED to have this. I’d still use a condom, but I’d definitely use this pill.

    I personally know of 3 men who had a surprise baby that they have had to support. Now, some men would be happy enough, but most would not. Especially if it is the result of a casual encounter.

    This is simply giving men more ability to control their fertility and I think that is great.

        • “Fine” in what sense? It alters a great deal about you–just look at some of the articles on this very blog about oral contraceptives altering sexual preferences and the like. And, many people wouldn’t consider amenorrhea “just fine” either. I could go on but just as a final idea I’ll leave you to consider the fact that men’s bodies and women’s bodies are quite different.

        • Actually this makes me wonder what a change in hormones really would do to men…while women’s hormones tend to be kind of all over the place during their lifetime (monthly cycle, menopause, etc), guys tend to be pretty much exactly the same hormonally after puberty. So while BC tends to rein some women’s hormones (aka mine) into control, I wonder what it could do to men who already have pretty non-fluctuating hormones.

  3. yeah, because no woman in the history of the world has EVER lied or tricked a man about her ability/inability to have a baby…

  4. I realize the article in Gawker was pretty sexist and degrading, but based solely upon my bf’s everyday memory….yeah, some men would be too air-headed to remember a pill. Same with women.

  5. As a male I do like the idea of having another option to prevent pregnancy. Though I personally would not take the pill for two reasons:
    1) I have a general distrust of medicine. I don’t like pumping myself full of “weird” chemicals. There’s enough of that in the food we eat.

    2) It won’t do anything against STD’s (or STI’s, whatever your term of choice is). So a condom will still be necessary.

    Also since most women I’ve met are on or have been on THE pill then I don’t think it would be necessary for me to also be on a pill since I would be using a condom. Someone may have to check the facts for me but I do believe the condom is the most reliable form of pregnancy prevention.

    Although I would consider taking the male pill if I was in a long-term committed relationship (which may include Marriage) so that I can enjoy condom-free sex without creating a baby too.

  6. I don’t know, fail to use a condom? lie about birth control? struggle to take a pill at the same time every day? Women do all these things. I assume men would too.

    Obviously not all of them, but any man who would refrain from the pill because of this article is probably in one of those categories of uselessness above.

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